my dr is blood testing me for my xanax hydrocodone and oxycodone on the 30th of may 2012 i am suppose to take 3 -1mg xanax 4 -750mg hydrocodone and 3 -30mg oxycodone but i dont not take all of them if i dont fail the blood test right then he will kick me off completly he said so my question is when do i have to start taking them to have enough in my blood i just take them when i need them some days all of them some days 1 or 2 please help me i have endometriosis spinal stenosis artheritis carpal tunnel and nerve damage cant afford to lose my meds plus i like the office i go to thank u for ur time
Does he have them ordered to take every day? Or does the bottle say to take "as needed for pain"? If they are "as needed" drugs, you shouldnt have to have them in your system but if you are getting refills every 30 days on the dot, you need to explain where they go if you are not taking them regularly.
I understand your question, & the reason they are doing this to you are the new rules they have to follow put out by the FDA this past year. Most pain clinics or docs just do urine tests to see if you have it in your system. These poor docs are really under the gun about their patients not taking, but selling their prescriptions. I understand what you are saying about one day being worse than another too. I am the same way. I have been down for a week & 1/2 with horrible pain, & am even taking my pain meds a wee bit earlier than the 4 hour schedule that I am on. Other times I don't hurt so bad & actually forget to take them at times. I would suggest you take them the day before, & the day of your appointment as they are scheduled. This should give you a positve test. If any one disagrees, please jump in here too. It might even help for sure to take them on the night of the 28th just to be sure.
My PCP blood tested all the patients they were writing pain scripts for & 50% of them didn't have any in their blood.That really caused a big rukus, & they don't write pain meds at all anymore. People get sent to a Pain Clinic instead. The FDA came down hard on all docs writing pain scripts, & many had to take special classes etc... to keep writing for pain meds, plus doing the urine tests every so often. When you have an appointment in the future, just make sure you have your meds in you at that time. I might be over advising you, but better safe then getting dropped from the program you are on. Good luck with your appointment., & let us know the outcome. If you get dropped, you will have a hard time getting a new pain management doctor. Your record will follow you. It's hard for me to think a doctor can't tell that some days depending on your level of activity can be worse or be better, & that is going to effect your pain level & the amount of the pills you need to take. It's ridiculous for chrontic pain patients to have to jump thru hoops, but it is a sign of the times...
I'm not sure why he has you on Hydro and Oxy both, not to mention that's an awful lot or acetaminophen for your liver to handle every day. Aside from tat I don't really see the issue here, even if you took 1/2 the amount of all three of these enough will show up to ease his concerns.
They do these tests because the either suspect foul play or they want to prevent it, obviously if folks aren't taking their pain meds they're doing something else with them (I am not saying this about you, just the testing procedure).
Just take the meds and pas the test,then ask him about your liver. Hope this helps.
I think that the biggest question is are you filling/taking a script every month from the doctor without telling him that you have not used all of the meds?? If you are letting him know that you are taking them only when you need them, and you are not getting a full prescription every month, then you should be fine. IF THOUGH, you are taking a full prescription every month, and not using the meds, what are you doing with the scripts. Are you filling them? Are you selling them? Are you keeping the scripts without filling them? We don't judge here, but we do offer good advice, so please be truthful with us. We are a very active group, and want the best for the pain patients.
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